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Shotley - Felixstowe Docks  18 September 2009

 

Felixstowe Docks from Shotley 18, 22 and 24 Sep 2009

Harwich 26 September and ferry to Felixstowe 27 September 2009

Shotley update 8 and 30 October 2009

 

Port of Felixstowe shipping arrivals

 

Estelle Maersk's  efficient engines BBC report  

 

Massive pollution of marine engines

 

 

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Shotley marina, a lagoon protected by a lock from the tidal variations of the River Orwell, and with a view of the docks at Felixstowe.

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The Shotley shore at low water, the Orwell and the dockyards cranes.

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The length of the waterfront at Felixstowe.

 

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The meeting of the Rivers Orwell and Stour, left, creates the Haven of sheltered water and the ports of Harwich, Ipswich and Felixstowe. On the right is the Opdr Las Palmas, freshly arrived from Cadiz and on its way to Rotterdam.

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The Hansu Courage, all 90.449 tonnes and 334 metres of her.

 

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Loading and unloading take place simultaneously, loading at the rear and unloading near the bow. The vessel has arrived from Yantian, Guangdong and is continuing to Hamburg.

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An old East Coast sailing barge moves upstream (under power) past the Hansu Courage as containers are being placed.

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The barge clear of the docks and with a more rural backdrop!

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Cranes move containers around, as do lorry tractor units.

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In the berth next to the Hatsu Courage is the Msc Marina, almost as large, at 73,819 tonnes and 304 metres.

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Msc Marina arrives

 

Msc Marina 73,819 tonnes and 304metres long, arriving from Valencia and then on to  Antwerp.

 

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The Msc Marina makes her way upriver, past the lightship and  is followed by another vessel ... soon to be joined by the ferry in a busy spell!

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The Msc Marina comes almost to a halt, before rotating on her axis .

 

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The manoeuvre in full swing, which is remarkably rapid, with a tug assisting. I was told the high cost of tugs, at 1,000 each, has necessitated one, rather than two, tugs assisting.

 

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Head on, and the number of containers across the beam of the ship can be seen.

 

 

 

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The turn, in its own length, is almost complete. Wind can be a problem of course, even with bow-thrusters .. and can close the docks  when the high containers cranes can no longer work.

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Evening starts to fall over Harwich Harbour; the three legs of a jack-up barge can just be seen coming in to Parkestone to pick up more turbine components for the offshore wind farm at Clacton - the London Array.

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The foot ferry runs from Harwich to Shotley and on to Felixstowe.

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The road into Shotley (in this case on the way home!) affords one of the most comprehensive views of Felixstowe docks.

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22 September 2009

 

 

 

 

The marina lock at Shotley, left and right, with, centre, the Coastguard observation post.

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Foreshore and marina at Shotley.

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A mighty Maersk being loaded/unloaded alongside. In this case it is the Maersk Tanjong, 94,193 tonnes and 332 metre s long. It has come from Tanjong Pelapas and is on its way to  Rotterdam. Tanjong Pelapas is the largest port in Malaysia.

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The port of Felixstowe from Shotley, with the salt marsh and then the marina as a contrast in the foreground.

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A load of wind turbine blades lie up at Felixstowe prior to being unloaded at Harwich, where they are transferred to the installation jack-up rigs.

 

 

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24 September 2009

 

 

 

 

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The barge Sea Worker, above left and the jack-up rig Titan 2 (seen above right) takes on the components for a new wind turbine, then moves out to the site off Clacton and installs them, returning to Harwich to pick up the components for the next  turbine.

As of 15 November 2009 38 of the 48 turbines have been installed, the remaining 10 turbines will arrive directly from Esbjerg in western Denmark. Each turbine comprises of 7 basic components, two tower sections, the nacelle, the hub, and 3 blades. The total weight of each of the 129m tall turbines is approximately 450 tonnes.

 

Electricity has been generated from the first two of the 48 turbines that Gunfleet Sands offshore wind farm will consist of when full constructed. Each turbine is capable of generating 3.6 megawatts (MW) of electricity, enough to power over 2,500 homes each.

 

http://www.ryaeast.org/new_site/content/news_items/projectbrief8.pdf 

http://www.ryaeast.org/new_site/documents/gunfleet/gunfleet_078.pdf  This document is for 29 Nov 2009

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The Stour from Shotley in early morning sunshine, looking towards Harwich and Parkestone on the Essex side and, right, upstream.

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Suffolk Essex Shotley Felixstowe Docks River Orwell Harwich shipping containers foot ferry marina barges wind farm offshore Gunfleet Sands jack up rig wind turbines blades

 

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